After two centuries of gritty history, the far-flung town of Murfreesboro could fill a hundred books with the best spots to cook moonshine, the prime season to catch herring in a snake-infested creek or the dark secrets of the local root doctor.
Frank Stephenson Jr. has written more than 20 books about his native Murfreesboro and its surroundings, most of them chronicling the county culture of moonshine, herring fishing and chitlin' preparation. He keeps his work in a cabinet at Walter's Grill on Main Street because the town has never had a book store. That will change in August.
Video: Camilla Jean Woodard, age 80, of Wilson, N.C. received her high school diploma from Wilson Community College in May 2016. Woodard dropped out of high school after the completion of her 11th year to join her husband working on the family farm. After raising three children and retiring, Woodard started attending community college to complete her high school requirements.
After she retired, Camilla Jean Woodard had one more bit of business to attend to: getting her high school degree. She went back to high school and got her diploma, walking across the stage, mortarboard on her head, class ring on her finger last month.
In 1977, the owner of a Hillsborough Street topless bar built a flamboyant bachelor pad in Cary’s toniest neighborhood – a three-story man cave that featured a kidney-shaped pool, a canopied four-poster bed and a room filled with Playboy magazines.
John Pavlovitz published an open blog post addressed to Dan Turner, whose son Brock outraged the world by sexually assaulting an unconscious student at Stanford University and walking away with a six-month sentence.
John Pavlovitz published an open blog post addressed to Dan Turner, whose son Brock outraged the world by sexually assaulting an unconscious student at Stanford University and walking away with a six-month sentence
For several years now, Bronwen Dickey has sought to rescue the pit bull from its own bad press, tracing the vilified breed’s history from “The Little Rascals” to Michael Vick’s fighting rings, seeking to know how and why the world labeled it a monster.
As a novelist, Clyde Edgerton is best-known for his loving and satirical take on the North Carolina backwoods, novels that get celebrated from Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books to the pages of The New York Times. He teaches creative writing at UNC-Wilmington, a star professor with an armful of awards.